• Research Proposal for the Impact of Class Size ion Performance of University Students

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    This 21 page paper is an in-depth research proposal for examining the impact of class size on university student performance. The proposal is put together using Veal’s (1996) format that includes background, methods, data requirements and data collection techniques, time table, budget and outline of final report. The bibliography cites 14 sources.

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    an increasing number of student. The result is that many universities may be subject to increased class sizes, ether now or in the future. There is a great deal of  empirical evidence relating to high schools that indicate larger class sizes has a detrimental impact on the result of the students. There is little research into the impact that larger  class sizes may have at university level. Universities follow a very different educational model. During lectures there is a much lower level  of interaction between lecturer and student. The position of higher education is on where the student needs to be more self directed and independent, whilst lectures may be available for  individuals during surgery or tutorial hours, the majority of work is directed from the lecture, which may involve further digestion of the notes or additional reading. Indeed, many lectures do  not get to know there students due to the higher degree of distance. However, the question how increases in class size may impact on student performance at university may still  indicate that there is a negative impact due to a range of factors. This research is aimed at determining if there is any relationship between larger class sizes and poorer  performance of the students, and if this is the case the quantification of that impact. There is a great deal of literature on this subject which considers class size  and learning. There are several areas where there have been increases in class size. For example, in Australia there has been a significant increase in the student o staff ratios  with an increase form 14.3 students per staff member in 1993 to 19 student per staff member in 1999 (Noonan and Douez, 2002). Other areas, such as the United 

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